Manufacturing: Improving Visibility in Manufacturing With RFID-Enabled Baskets

Published: May 6, 2013

Marlin Steel Wire Products, a producer of custom wire baskets and other metal products, is employing an RFID-enabled system to increase visibility in the assembly process, to track components’ locations and to ensure that a company has the correct quantity of parts on hand. Each RFID-enabled basket comes with an EPC Gen 2 passive UHF RFID tag attached to it, encoded with a unique ID number. By knowing where baskets are located, the system is able to provide data to the users, such as when a basket has left storage and has been received at a workstation, thereby triggering the ordering of additional inventory. In the event that a basket spends excessive time in storage or at an assembly station, the system could issue an alert to management. Learn how the solution improves visibility by ensuring that the proper components are available in real time, as well as enabling users to track their work-in-progress.

Drew Greenblatt, President, Marlin Steel Wire Products, LLC